Planning a wedding is never easy—especially when the Russian Mafia wants you dead.
On Best Behavior—the third and final book in The Conduct Series—finds our favorite couple moving forward, despite the odds. Following a pardon by the Governor of Illinois, ex-cons Sophie Taylor and Grant Madsen are finally free to pursue their love and the life that lies ahead for them. Grant now fights the forces that have hurt his loved ones by working undercover for the FBI, and he has infiltrated the Russian Mafia in Chicago. Sophie dives into swimming with Grant’s nephew, Ben, and into her career as a psychology professor. Thankfully, now it’s Ben’s turn to heal through therapy sessions with Dr. Hunter Hayes.
With so many things going right for Grant and Sophie, it’s too bad the Russians aren’t their only threat. When Grant’s father, Enzo Barberi, discovers his own son thwarted his plan to break out of prison, his overdeveloped sense of vengeance flares to life. As Sophie scrambles to save her fiancé, it’s impossible to say who will kill Grant first—the Russians or his Italian family. Can love triumph over evil? Are hard work and a pledge to be on best behavior ever enough?
Once again, author Jennifer Lane brings a harrowing tale of romantic suspense with a psychological twist, and it’s sure to leave readers breathless.
**SPOILERS!! Stop reading if you haven’t read books one and two!!**
The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming and Grant is once again caught up in the middle of the mess and looking to make things right. Oh Grant, will you ever learn?
On Best Behavior is the third and final installment of Jennifer Lane’s CONduct series and it is a fine ending to what has proven to be a very good adult romantic trilogy. At the end of Bad Behavior, Grant and Sophie had both been pardoned, were newly engaged and looking forward to starting their lives together without the taint of criminal and parolee hanging over each of them. While Sophie is all kinds of on board with this plan, Grant unfortunately has other ideas. Agreeing to work undercover for the FBI was not on Sophie’s agenda but Grant, still trying to make the world safe from the mafia has agreed to help the FBI take down a nasty group of Russians who have taken up residence in Chicago.
Though he knows the assignment will be difficult, Grant is convinced he can help the FBI and is determined to put these very bad men behind bars. As he gets deeper into the organization, Grant’s determination becomes even further resolved when he sees the abuse the women are subject to and the filth the bosses are involved in. If only the Russians were Grant’s only problem. As is typical, Grant’s horrifyingly awful family is once again up to no good and should Grant die as a result of their scheming, then so be it. To make matters even worse, in order to protect Sophie and Ben, Grant is forced to separate from them and only see them when he is absolutely certain he isn’t being tailed. Oh, Grant!
Though Sophie (mostly) understands Grant’s desire to help the FBI, she isn’t thrilled with being separated from her fiancé. Of the two, it is Sophie who truly appreciates the level of danger Grant is putting himself into and does her best to hide her fear and support her man. Keeping Sophie busy is young Ben who has joined the swim team, has his eye on a beautiful young lady and, is trying desperately to stay on the straight and narrow in order to avoid turning out like his dad. Once again, the family from Hell butts in and drags Ben and Sophie into a huge mess that eventually wraps itself around Grant and his mess to create one ginormous and seriously ugly mess. Will these two ever, ever, ever find their HEA??
The Bottom Line: Though On Best Behavior started out a bit on the slow side, once it got rolling it didn’t slow down and I totally understood the need for the slow beginning. Even though the series is already two books old, Lane had a lot of ground work to lay for this final installment and by the end of the read I saw the beginning as more of a slow burn leading up to a big boom rather than a true slow start. There are the Russians, the FBI, the family from Hell and so much emotional drama that I was worn out in the totally good way by the end of the read. And then, there is the end and man, oh man is it a pretty perfect way to tie up Grant and Sophie’s story. Overall, the CONduct series has proven to be a very solid romantic suspense trilogy and one I feel comfortable recommending to a wide range of readers. 🙂
People fascinate the psychologist/author (psycho author) known as Jennifer Lane. Her therapy clients talk to her all day long about their dreams and secrets, and her characters tell her their stories at night. Jen delights in peeling away the layers to scrutinize their psyches and emotions. But please rest assured, dear reader, she isn’t psychoanalyzing you right now. She’s already got too many voices in her head!
Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is the author of The Conduct Series—-romantic suspense for adult readers—-and recently completed the third and final installment: On Best Behavior. Streamline is her first foray into writing for young and new adults, but she’s found this sort of writing even more fun. A former college swimmer, Jen was able to put a lot of her own experiences into this book.
Whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and hanging out with her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.